The Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks open their 2013-14 season at the Winter Classic Wheelchair Basketball Tournament at the Talbert Recreation Center in Mooresville, North Carolina on November 2-3. Hosted by the Charlotte Rollin Bobcats, the Abilities Unlimited of the Carolinas and Bridge II Sports, this tournament is the first of four tournaments before the April 2014 National Championships in Louisville.
The Junior W/C Hawks will have both a Prep Team (ages 8-12) and a Varsity Team (ages 13-19) competing in this tournament. The Junior W/C Hawks’ game schedule for the tournament is:
Saturday, November 2:
8:30: Junior W/C Hawks Prep 28 vs. 10 Jr. Thunder (NC)
10:00: Junior W/C Hawks Varsity 56 vs. 15 Lakeshore (AL)
11:30: Junior W/C Hawks Varsity 41 vs. 15 Jr. Thunder (NC)
2:00 Junior W/C Hawks Prep 20 vs. 2 Lakeshore (AL)
4:00 Junior W/C Hawks Varsity 55 vs. 11 Music City Thunder (TN)
Sunday, November 3:
8:30: Junior W/C Hawks Prep 26 vs. 2 Charlotte Bobcats
9:30: Junior W/C Hawks Prep 18 vs. 10 Mississippi WheelCats
11:30: Junior W/C Hawks Varsity 41 vs. 19 Music City Thunder (TN)
Junior Wheelchair Hawks Perfect in Season Opener
For the second season in a row the Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks opened their season with perfect first day at the North Carolina Winter Classic. The Junior Wheelchair Hawks’ Prep team started the tournament with a 28 – 10 win over the Jr. Thunder (NC). Collin Lancaster led all scorers with 10 points followed by Eric Francis, Taevan Grant and Cameron Elzey each with 6 points.
Second year players Zachary Armas and Cade Maynor both played tremendous defensive. Rookies Michael Kitchens and John Joiner played in their first NWBA prep game and also played great defense.
On the Varsity side of the tournament the Junior Wheelchair Hawks opened their tournament with a convincing win over their local rival, the Lakeshore Lakers (AL). Josh Joines led all scored with 28 points, while three Hawks, Samuel Armas, Treyvon Smith and Ben Baxter each added 8 points. Luke Hutchinson rounded out the Hawks’ scoring with 4 points. Brent O’Grady, Bryan Powell and Chance Boyd helped lead the team’s exceptional defense and the Hawks win 56-15.
The Varsity squad played back-to-back games facing the Junior Thunder (NC). The continued their impressive defense, while getting 10 0f 11 players on the offensive score sheet. Josh Joines led the Hawks with 8 points, while Treyvon Smith scored 7 and Samuel Armas scored 6. Makayla Jones, Ben Baxter and Chance Boyd each scored 4 points while Bryan Powell, Luke Hutchinson and Polina Glukhova each scored 2 points. Rookies Makayla Jones and Polina Glukhova score their first ever points in a NWBA game. Hawks win 41-15.
Junior Wheelchair Hawks Win Double Honors
The Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks were a perfect 8 for 8 at the 2013 North Carolina Winter Classic winning both the Varsity and Prep divisions. The Junior Wheelchair Hawks’ Prep team had back-to-back games on Sunday. Their first opponents were the host team, the Charlotte Rollin Bobcats. Collin Lancaster led all scorers with 10 points followed by Eric Francis with 8, Cameron Elzey with 4 points and Taevan Grant and John Joiner each with 2 points. Hawks win 26-2.
In their second game of the day, the Junior Wheelchair Hawks Prep team faced the newly formed Mississippi Wheelcats. The Wheelcats proved to be the Hawks toughest competition of the weekend. The Hawks continued with their trademark tenacious defense led by Cameron Elzy holding the Wheelcats to only 2 points at half time. Hawks got 8 points from rookie Eric Francis and veteran Collin Lancaster, with 2 points from Cameron Elzy to win 18-10. Rookies Michael Kitchen and John Joiner played well in their first tournament, while second year players Cade Manor and Zachery Armas rotated turns as the 5th starter.
With four straight wins, the Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks Prep Team won their second consecutive Winter Classic Championship. In addition to the Championship honors, Cameron Elzy was selected to the All-Tournament Team and Collin Lancaster was named MVP for the Winter Classic Prep Tournament.
The Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks’ Varsity Team earned a spot in Sunday’s Championship games with three wins on Saturday. Their opponent was determined by the Lakeshore (AL) vs Music City (TN) game earlier Sunday morning. Music City squeezed out a close win and would face the Hawks for the second time in the tournament. Defense was the key to the first win (55-11) over Music City and the Hawks proved once again to be up to the task. The Hawks started strong behind 12 points from Josh Joines and 7 points from Samuel Armas and led 31-0 at half time. The Hawks defense allowed for all 11 players to play and the Hawks got additional scoring from Chance Boyd (6), Treyvon Smith (4), Luke Hutchinson (4), Ben Baxter (4), Bryan Powell (2) and Brent O’Grady (2). Rookie players Makayla Jones, Paulina Glukhova and Austin Davis played great minutes in their first tournament. Hawks win 41-19.
Josh Joines was selected to the Varsity All-Tournament Team and Treyvon Smith was named MVP for the Varsity tournament.
For more information about the Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks basketball program contact Jeff Jones: email@example.com.